UN calls for 'immediate international action' on Sahel crisis

UN calls for 'immediate international action' on Sahel crisis

The United Nations called on Friday for immediate international action to prevent further forced displacement of civilians in Africa's troubled Sahel region, which is experiencing a worsening humanitarian crisis.

More than 3.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes over the past four years due to conflict exacerbated by climate change, said the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR.

The UNHCR said it needs $443.5 million to cover urgent humanitarian needs in Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and the Gulf of Guinea countries.

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